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Wijkia extenuata

Family Sematophyllaceae

Wijkia extenuata is a variable species ranging from stiff, densely branched plants to pale, soft, pendulous forms. At least some of the main stem leaves taper abruptly into a long, fine hair-point and lack a nerve (vein). There is often a greyish tinge to the leaves and older stems may have a red colouring. Some plants growing in coastal areas bear numerous rope-like flagelliform branches with minute, overlapping leaves (pictures 5, 6 above) and have been assigned to the variety caudata .  

Found from Little and Great Barrier Islands, Auckland and south to the middle of the South Island on decaying wood or as an epiphyte.